Seversky P-35 Color Photographs

The Seversky P-35 is one of the “forgotten fighters” of the U.S. Army Air Corps.  It was descended from the record-setting Seversky  SEV-3 amphibian, and the evolution of the design eventually lead to the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.  This is the NMUSAF example, restored in the markings of Lt. Boyd “Buzz” Wagner, famous for being the first American ace of WWII.
Both Curtiss and Seversky were awarded production contracts as a result of the 1936 design competition.  200 P-36 were ordered from Curtiss, Seversky produced 77 P-35s.  Performance of both types was comparable, but the Curtiss design was less expensive.  The first P-35s entered service in 1937 at Selfridge Field.  This one is assigned to the 27th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group.
Several P-35s were finished as air racers.  This is the SEV-2S piloted by Frank Fuller, who used it to win the Bendix trophy in 1939.  Colors are Metallic Green with Yellow trim.
Seversky built a two seat “convoy fighter” for the Royal Swedish Air Force under the designation SEV 2PA-204A.  Two were delivered to the Swedes, fifty were taken over by the USAAC as the AT-12 Guardsman and used for training.  The Planes of Fame Museum has restored one of these to flying status.
The Royal Swedish Air Force purchased a total of 60 of the Seversky fighter with an additional .50 cal machine gun in a fairing under each wing, designated as the J-9.  A second order of 60 was taken over by the USAAC and entered service as  the P-35A.  In 1943 the Swedish fighters were camouflaged in the Sand and Green mottle seen here.
The Swedes operated their J-9s as fighters until 1946, and in the reconnaissance role until 1951.  One survives in the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) museum in Linköping.
An interesting photo of a USAAC P-35 in temporary camouflage for the 1940 Louisiana war games.  The camouflage was water-based and applied by brush, no two aircraft carried the same pattern.  The temporary nature of the paint is apparent.
This P-35 in the O.D. over Neutral Gray scheme is immaculate, save for the collision damage.
45 P-35As were assigned to the 24th Pursuit Group in the Philippines.  The intention was to re-equip the 24th with new P-40Bs and P-40Es and pass the P-35As on to the Philippine Air Force, but this had only been partially accomplished when the Japanese attacked on 08DEC41.
This P-35A has nosed over on a Philippine airfield, giving us a look at the underside markings.
An interesting shot of the maintenance area at Clark Field showing several damaged P-35As, with a P-26 Peashooter in the background.  All the P-35As in the Philippines were destroyed or captured by the Japanese.  They were credited (perhaps optimistically) with 60 Japanese aircraft and one minesweeper destroyed.
Two photographs from LIFE magazine showing AT-12s at Barksdale Field, Louisiana.  (Dmitri Kessel)